Monday, 30 July 2018 04:52


The SNP has issued a fresh call for the Tory government to back continued access to the European Arrest Warrant and agencies such as Europol and Eurojust after Brexit, on the UN’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons today [Monday].

The call comes just a month after the EU’s Chief Negotiator warned the Tories’ hardline Brexit approach would see no access to these vital agencies, which help tackle serious crimes including human trafficking and terrorism.
The SNP has now demanded that the Tory government put their shameless posturing to one side and backed continued access to the European Arrest Warrant as a priority in order to help keep people safe from trafficking both here and across Europe. 
Last year, the Scottish Government provided the police with new powers to help tackle human trafficking, and last month the Scottish Government published a paper outlining the importance of cross-border co-operation on security and law enforcement – which included case studies proving the effectiveness of the European Arrest Warrant.
Commenting, SNP MSP Jenny Gilruth, who sits on Holyrood’s Justice Committee, said:
“As we mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, it’s vital to consider what the UK government is doing to undermine our efforts in this area. 
“Tory plans to rip us out of the European Arrest Warrant and key agencies such as Europol are incredibly dangerous to our future security and the safety of people across Europe. They think they can do what they want to Scotland and get away with it, but they have no mandate in Scotland.
“We need to be able to share vital information to keep people safe from crimes such as human trafficking – yet the Tories are putting all of that at risk in their ideological pursuit of a hard Brexit.
“The Scottish Government is committed to tackling human trafficking – and has given the police new powers to help fight it.
“But the Tories’ hard Brexit plans are undermining these efforts – they must back continued access to the European Arrest Warrant after Brexit as a red line, or they’ll be putting all of our progress at risk.”
The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is on Monday 30th July 2018: 
Michel Barnier said: “The UK is not ready to accept free movement of people, the jurisdiction of the ECJ and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. This means that the UK cannot take part in the EAW.”
‘Scotland’s Place in Europe: Security, Judicial Co-operation and Law Enforcement’: 
Page 22: “A Polish national, who had carried out a violent attack and murder in Edinburgh in January 2012, was arrested within 5 hours of issue of the arrest warrant. This was achieved using the EAW system, but was also facilitated by direct contact between Scottish prosecutors and the authorities in Poland, which in turn was facilitated by the European Judicial Network. This case shows not only how wanted individuals can be apprehended quickly, but also demonstrates the interaction between various EU measures.”

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